Profiles & Bios

22
Aug
2014

Dorothy Parker (Poet/Satirist)

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dorothy-parker.jpgDorothy Parker (August 22, 1893 – June 7, 1967) was an American poet and satirist, best known for her wit, wisecracks, and eye for 20th century urban foibles.

From a conflicted and unhappy childhood, Parker rose to acclaim, both for her literary output in such venues as The New Yorker and as a founding member of the Algonquin Round Table.

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19
Aug
2014

Coco Chanel (Designer/Founder Chanel)

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coco-chanel.jpgGabrielle Bonheur "Coco" Chanel (19 August 1883 – 10 January 1971) was a pioneering French fashion designer whose modernist philosophy, menswear-inspired fashions, and pursuit of expensive simplicity made her an important figure in 20th-century fashion.

She was the founder of the famous fashion brand Chanel.

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13
Aug
2014

Annie Oakley (Sharpshooter/Superstar)

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annie-oakley.jpgAnnie Oakley (August 13, 1860 – November 3, 1926), born Phoebe Ann Mosey, was an American sharpshooter and exhibition shooter.

Oakley's amazing talent and timely rise to fame led to a starring role in Buffalo Bill's Wild West show, which propelled her to become the first American female superstar.

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13
Aug
2014

Mae West (Actress/ Screenwriter/Sex Symbol)

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mae-west.jpgMae West (August 17, 1893 – November 22, 1980) was an American actress, playwright, screenwriter and sex symbol.

Known for her bawdy double entendres, West made a name for herself in Vaudeville and on the stage in New York before moving to Hollywood to become a comedienne, actress and writer in the motion picture industry. One of the more controversial movie stars of her day, West encountered many problems including censorship.

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12
Aug
2014

Lauren Bacall (Actress/Model)

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lauren_bacall.jpgLauren Bacall (born Betty Joan Perske; September 16, 1924 - August 12, 2014) was an American film and stage actress and model, known for her distinctive husky voice and sultry looks.

She first emerged as leading lady in the film noir genre, including appearances in The Big Sleep (1946) and Dark Passage (1947), as well as a comedian in How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) and Designing Woman (1957).

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12
Aug
2014

Julia Child (Chef/Author/TV Personality)

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julia-child.jpgJulia Child (August 15, 1912 - August 13, 2004) was an American chef, author, and television personality.

She is recognized for introducing French cuisine to the American public with her debut cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and her subsequent television programs, notably The French Chef, which premiered in 1963.

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11
Aug
2014

Hadiqa Kiani (Singer/Songwriter/Philanthropist)

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hadiqa-kiyani-3.jpgHadiqa Kiani (born 11 August 1974) is a Pakistani singer-songwriter, and philanthropist.

Kiani rose to fame in 1995 with her debut album Raaz. Kiani received instant fame and was nominated and won numerous awards in Pakistan as well as International awards.

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10
Aug
2014

Phoolan Devi (Indian Bandit/Politician)

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phoolan-devi.jpgPhoolan Devi (10 August 1963 – 25 July 2001), popularly known as "The Bandit Queen", was an Indian dacoit (bandit) and later a politician. She was notorious across India during her time as a bandit.

Phoolan was born into the lower mallha (boatmen) caste, in the small village of Gorha ka Purwa in Uttar Pradesh, India. She was the second child in a family of four girls and a boy.

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09
Aug
2014

Whitney Houston (Singer/Actress/Model)

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whitney_houston.jpgWhitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963, - February 11, 2012) was an American R&B/pop singer, actress, and former fashion model.

Houston is the most awarded female artist of all time, according to Guinness World Records, with 2 Emmy Awards, 6 Grammy Awards, 16 Billboard Music Awards, 22 American Music Awards, among a total of 411 career awards as of 2006.

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05
Aug
2014

Lucille Ball (Comedienne/Actress)

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lucille-ball.jpgLucille Désirée Ball (August 6, 1911 – April 26, 1989) was an American comedienne, film, television, stage and radio actress, model, film and television executive, and star of the sitcoms:

I Love Lucy, The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, The Lucy Show, Here's Lucy and Life With Lucy.

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02
Aug
2014

Isabel Allende (Writer/Feminist)

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isabel-allende_2.jpgIsabel Allende is a master storyteller in the genre of magical realism. Her novels have been translated into 30 languages, and have sold more than 51 million copies worldwide.

Her list of honours, awards and accomplishments is truly staggering. But none of this, according to her, reflects who she is, or what has been important in her life.

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01
Aug
2014

Mona Eltahawy (Journalist/Feminist)

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mona-eltahawy.jpgMona Eltahawy is a freelance Egyptian journalist based in America who for a long period wrote a weekly column for the Saudi-owned international Arab publication Asharq Al-Awsat.

Her articles were discontinued for being 'too critical' of the Egyptian regime, she claimed in an article she wrote for the International Herald Tribune.

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01
Aug
2014

Mary Harris Jones (Labor & Community Organizer)

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mary-harris-jones.jpgMary Harris "Mother" Jones (August 1, 1837 – November 30, 1930), born in Cork, Ireland, was a prominent American labor and community organizer.

She helped co-ordinate major strikes and co-founded the Industrial Workers of the World.

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30
Jul
2014

J.K. Rowling (Author / Mother / O.B.E.)

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j._k._rowling.jpgJoanne "Jo" Rowling, OBE (born 31 July 1965; married name Murray), better known under the pen name J. K. Rowling.

Rowling is a British author best known as the creator of the Harry Potter fantasy series, the idea for which was conceived whilst on a train trip from Manchester to London in 1990.

Rowling is perhaps equally famous for her "rags to riches" life story, in which she progressed from living on welfare to multi-millionaire status within five years.

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28
Jul
2014

Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis (First Lady 1961-1963/Book Editor)

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jackie-kennedy-onassis.jpgJacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis (July 28, 1929 – May 19, 1994) was the wife of the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, and served as First Lady during his presidency from 1961 until his assassination in 1963.

She was later married to Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis  from 1968 until his death in 1975.

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